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Big-match changes in 19-man squad

SCOTT Naylor has made three enforced changes in his 19-man squad for tomorrow’s big clash with Hull KR in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Bower Fold, Stalybridge (3pm kick-off).

Out go Kieran Gill (knee cap), Adam Neal (head knock) and dual-reg Daniel Murray (unavailable) and into the 19 step Jack Holmes, Adam Jones and Matty Wilkinson.

The squad includes on-loan Wakefield Trinity teenagers Luke Hooley (19) and Lee Kershaw (18), a winger who scored two tries on debut against Keighley Cougars last week and would have completed a hat-trick if he had grounded the ball correctly after a length-of-the-field interception.

Squad: Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook. Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Hooley, Hughes, Jones, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson.

Former Great Britain centre star Garry Schofield has picked out the Oldham v Hull KR and York City Knights v Catalans Dragons ties as potential upsets.

Of the Roughyeds 17 that won 36-22 at the same stage of the same competition at Craven Park two years ago only Phil Joy, Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Danny Langtree and Kenny Hughes are still at the club.

In the Championship last year Rovers won 48-0 at Craven Park, but squeezed home with a narrow 32-24 winning margin at Bower Fold after Roughyeds had stormed into an early 18-0 lead.


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